recreational fires in some areas. Specific fire restrictions will vary and it’s important to check with your local area for
In Washington, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management have banned open fires outside of campgrounds. Gov. Gregoire has extended an emergency proclamation declaring a State of Emergency for all counties east of the crest of the Cascades. The proclamation ensures continued air support from Washington’s National Guard to help fight ongoing wildfires, and extends a burn ban through midnight Monday, Sept. 24th.
On state lands in Oregon, open fires, including campfires, are prohibited on all lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
The Northwest continues to face a dangerous fire season with no rain and a threat of new lightning strikes this weekend. Forest Service and BLM officials urge the public to be engaged – conscious, cautious and careful - with fire.
“Every year lightning-caused fires place a heavy demand on our firefighting resources, and put our wildlands, our
firefighters, and our communities at risk,” said Mike Mottice, Acting Oregon/Washington BLM State Director. “Fires
caused through carelessness or negligence only increases the threat to life and livelihood, and place an even greater
burden on already busy firefighters.”
Kent Connaughton, Regional Forester for the Pacific Northwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service, added: “In an active
fire season, we need our firefighters available and ready to respond. Every fire that’s prevented helps firefighters remain available, rested, and safe. As always, our highest priority remains public and firefighter safety.”
Varying levels of restrictions are in place on state and federal lands throughout the Northwest. Before heading out to enjoy your public lands, check in with your local BLM, Forest Service, Washington DNR, or Oregon Department of Forestry office for up-to-date information. Some helpful websites: